Monographs Details: Aechmea macvaughii L.B.Sm.
Authority: Smith, Lyman B. & Downs, Robert J. 1979. Bromelioideae (Bromeliaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 14 (3): 1493-2142. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Description - Leaves to 1 m long, in a large erect basket, waxy glaucous beneath (! McVaugh & Koelz); blades ligulate, 9 cm wide, broadly subacute with a stout rigid mucro 6 mm long, glabrous above, covered beneath with white subappressed scales, laxly serrate with flat curved spines 3-4 mm long. Scape decurved, ca 1 cm thick at apex, covered with persistent spreading coarse brilliantly white scales; scape-bracts suberect, densely imbricate, lanceolate, involute-acuminate at apex, 23 cm long, subchartaceous, rose, glabrous above, covered with appressed white scales beneath. Inflorescence pendulous, 1 m long in fruit (! McVaugh & Koelz), bipinnate toward base, racemose toward apex, its axes, ovaries, and sepals coarsely white-lepidote like the scape; primary bracts like the upper scape-bracts, much exceeding the 5 cm long laxly few-flowered branches. Floral bracts linear, attenuate, about 10 mm long; pedicels spreading, straight, cylindric, to 15 mm long, 1 mm in diameter; flowers in line with the pedicels. Sepals free or nearly so, subtriangular, 22 mm long, slightly asymmetric, serrulate toward apex, mucronate, ecarinate; petals imperfectly known, about 5 cm long, bearing 2 fimbriate scales at base; ovary globose, enlarged in fruit to 15 mm diameter; epigynous tube shallow; placentae elongate; seed suboblong, 3 mm long, black, finely reticulate.

Distribution:Jalisco Mexico North America|